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Conclusions: Local Autonomy—Patterns, Dynamics and Ambiguities

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In this final chapter, we recall the importance of local autonomy as it is promoted by many international organisations and the theoretical foundations of the concept. Subsequently, we summarise findings on the different variables measured and outline the patterns of local autonomy found among the 39 countries under scrutiny, as well as to the overall index of local autonomy, its distinct dimensions and the country rankings. The chapter also recalls our attempts to explain the variation among the countries and to learn more about the consequences. The chapter is rounded off with further analysis of patterns of interactive governance and democratic space. The patterns that emerge should encourage scholars to develop further hypotheses about the effects of local autonomy and decentralisation on performance.

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  • Dimensions of local autonomy
  • Patterns of local autonomy
  • Index of local autonomy
  • Interactive rule
  • Interactive governance
  • Local democratic space

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Fig. 14.1

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    The Pearson correlation coefficients for the most recent years (2014) are 0.142 between legal protection and administrative supervision , −0.045 between legal protection and central of regional access and 0.187 between administrative supervision and central or regional access.

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Ladner, A. et al. (2019). Conclusions: Local Autonomy—Patterns, Dynamics and Ambiguities. In: Patterns of Local Autonomy in Europe. Governance and Public Management. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95642-8_14

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